Mahershala Ali, center, wears a hat to promote his new movie "Blade" at the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Mahershala Ali, center, wears a hat to promote his new movie "Blade" at the Marvel Studios panel on day three of Comic-Con International on Saturday, July 20, 2019, in San Diego. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

Marvel announces MCU Phase 4 lineup at Comic Con

By Lisa Richwine Time of article published Jul 21, 2019

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Marvel Studios on Saturday unveiled a star-packed slate of

superhero films for the next two years that includes Angelina

Jolie in "The Eternals," Mahershala Ali in a remake of "Blade"

and Natalie Portman as a female "Thor."

The announcements at San Diego Comic-Con charts Marvel's

course following mega-blockbuster "Avengers: Endgame," which

Disney said was set to top 2009 film "Avatar" by Sunday as the

highest-grossing movie of all time.

Jolie appeared on stage in front of 6,500 cheering fans,

along with other "Eternals" cast members including Richard

Madden, Kumail Nanjiani and Salma Hayek. The story about a group

of immortal aliens will debut in November 2020.

"I’m going to work 10 times harder," Jolie said when asked

how she would approach her role of Thena. "We all know what the

task is ahead, and we know what you deserve, and so we are all

going to be working very hard."

"So I am in training and thrilled," she added.

Disney also revealed it will release "Thor: Love and

Thunder," the fourth "Thor" movie, in November 2021. Portman,

who starred in earlier films as the girlfriend to Chris

Hemsworth's Thor, will take up the superhero's hammer as a

female goddess of thunder.

"It feels pretty good," Portman said on stage. "I’ve always

had a little hammer envy."

Ali, who recently won Oscars for "Moonlight" and "Green

Book," surprised the audience by walking on stage and putting on

a baseball hat with the logo for "Blade," a character played on

film in 1998 by Wesley Snipes. No details were given but the

crowed erupted in applause.

The films will be part of Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic

Universe (MCU) that started with 2008's "Iron Man" and has

generated more than $22 billion at box offices worldwide.

Other coming movies include "Doctor Strange in the

Multiverse of Madness," which director Scott Derrickson

described as "the first scary MCU movie," and "Shang-Chi and The

Legend of the Ten Rings" starring Chinese actor Tony Leung,

Awkwafina and newcomer Simu Liu, who said he was just cast in

the lead role on Tuesday.

Scarlett Johansson introduced an action-heavy trailer for

"Black Widow." In an interview, the actress said having a

stand-alone film for the "Avengers" character was

"mind-blowing."

"I hope it adds a gritty kind of groundedness, that's like a

good punch in the gut, and a literal punch in the gut too," she

said. "We all get the crap beaten out of us!"

Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed a forthcoming

"Fantastic Four" film and sequels to "Black Panther" and

"Captain America."

Feige also previewed Marvel series being made for the

Disney+ streaming TV service that will debut in November. They

include "Loki," "Hawkeye" and animated "What If."

The stories told on Disney+ will weave into Marvel's movie,

Feige said. For example, Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda will star in

the "WandaVision" series and in the new "Doctor Strange" film.

"The same teams that work on the movies are going to be

working on these mega-event limited series," Feige said in an

interview. "They are completely intertwined."

Reuters

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